Puma’s RS-Computer Shoe is making a comeback but with a much better technology than it’s predecessor. This high-tech footwear made it’s debut in the 1980s, that is 1986 to be specific. By that time, the world was not ready for that kind of advancement in technology, so Puma had to kill it off. But now, it seems the world is ready and ripe for it so the company has finally revived it and brought it back to limelight !
The initial version of the 1986 classic shoes had a lot of mouth watering features for a 1986 product. It features a custom-designed computer chip inside a protruding heel that automatically recorded the time, distance, and calories expended. The data collected can then be uploaded to an Apple IIe or Commodore 64 PC using a 16-pin cord. I know you’re wondering how is that possible in 1986. Yes, Puma developed that technology in 1986 !
Now in 2018, the newer, updated version of the shoe is out. Although the shoe is identical to the 1986 classic, it features much better technology and can synchronize with your smartphone.
According to information we gathered from the PUMA, the shoe is loaded with the following features.
Sensors: Each shoe is equipped with a miniature 3-axis accelerometer, which is used to measure the number of steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned.
Wireless Technology: The RS Computer Shoe has a Bluetooth 4.0 radio transceiver and can be connected to an Android or iOS mobile phone. Once the Bluetooth is turned on, the shoe records and delivers data to the RS Computer Shoe app.
Memory: The shoe can record for 30 days worth of data. Every new month is a fresh start. Throughout the month the runner can access all the stored data in a Monthly Statistics tab.
Keys and LED Light Indicators: There are two keys, Key 1 (Red/Red LED) and Key 2 (Black/Green LED). KEY 1 is used to show daily step target status, which can be set in the RS Computer App while KEY 2 shows battery status.
Rechargeable Battery: The RS Computer Shoe has an on-board rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. The battery can be recharged using the USB cable provided with the shoes.
The new RS-Computer will be sold at Kith, on PUMA.com in the US and Japan, PUMA stores in Harajuku, Tokyo; Carnaby Street, London and Berlin. It’s not for AFRICA but that doesn’t mean you can’t import it if you want.